Southern African names
include those from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. See also about African names
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BATLOKWA Tswana, Southern African
a branch of the Bakgatla section of the Bantu speaking communities which originated from the Great Lakes and Northern Central Africa. Batlokwa are said to have been a breakaway branch of the Bakgatla which is another Bahurutse section of the Tswana people.
bekker is a regional form of Dutch bakker which means Baker
Chamapiwa means "that which you have been given". It is a call to appreciate that which you have from God
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
Dambudzo means "that which causes suffering or trouble". #The Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera is a famous bearer of this name".
DUBE Ndebele, Zulu
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
The name Engelbrecht has multiple translations, including "Angle Glorious" and "Bright Angel".
Porcupine. Wamambo. Strong, Courageous, Joyful and loving.
Louw is a surname that has pre 7th century Germanic origins. It is a Dutch/Flemish variant on the word Lowe, meaning Lion.
Mufaro means "Joy, happiness". It is a name of rejoicing
Onai means "See, observe". #It is a name that calls the hearer to see or observe that which happened".
Tafara means "We are happy or we rejoice". It is a name of rejoicing
Tawanda means "We have increased or multiplied". #It is a name acknowledging the birth of a child as an increase to the family".
THERON South African, Occitan
South African surname of Occitan origin derived from any of the various locations named Théron
. The name itself is ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tur-
or Latin torus
meaning "height, elevation"... [more]
Tinetariro means "We have hope". Usually given to declare that we have our hope in God
Tonderai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins
VAN DER MERWE Dutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
VAN NIEKERK Afrikaans, Southern African
Topographic name for any of the various locations named Nieuwerkerk in The Netherlands or Nieuwerkerken in Belgium. The name itself means "of the new church" from Dutch van
meaning "of" combined with nieuw
meaning "new" and kerk
VAN ROOYEN Afrikaans
van Rooyen related to van Rooijen
, is an Afrikaans and Dutch toponymic surname. May be rooted from the Rhine area of the Netherlands, possibly having meant "from Rhine" originally... [more]
Vimbai means "Have hope, trust". It is a call to have hope or to trust in
Vongai means "be thankful, or appreciative".
Wadzanai means "Have fellowship, visit each other, be on good terms". The name may be given as a call to family to come together in fellowship, visiting and being on good terms
Yeukai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins
Zadzisai means "you must fulfil - a pledge or promise". The name is given as a reminder to fulfil a pledge or promise
ZANAMWE Southern African
Zimbabwean Surname, originally from the Chivi area, shona speaking people of the Shumba(lion) totem originate from the Masvingo province, Mwenezi, Chitanga,Chikombedzi, Boli Chibwedziva. Some migrated to the Mashonaland East province Mhondoro area and assumed the Moyo(heart) totem
Zivanai means "You must know each other". #This name is a call to family and relatives to get to know each other by visiting and fellowship - usually so that they do not drift apart"
Zororo means "rest". #It may be given to mean that the parent has rested after the birth of this child". Zimbabwean politician Zororo Duri was a well known bearer of this name.
Zvaitika means "It has happened". This name may be given as a celebration that something that was desired or awaited has finally happened